I asked Nyango how to say “hi” in Cameroonian Pidgin English. Here’s what she wrote:
Most people will greet you in pidgin with "How na?" which is actually "How now?" and actually means: "How are you?" "What’s up?". A lot more will say: "Good morning" or what ever the time of day is. Most people do go around saying "Hi" and "Hello" these days even if they speak only Pidgin English. By the way, the response to "How na?" is "Ah fine" or "Ah dey" which is I am well, or I am okay. They will probably tell you if they are not well if they are familiar with you.
"Hi" is becoming a common greeting due to the influence of American television programs and Nollywood (Nigerian) movies.
I also asked Nyango if Cameroonian Pidgin English is called Kamtok (which I read online). Here’s what she replied:
If there is something like "Kamtok" then it is a new coinage. "Kam tok" is pidgin English for "Come and Talk" or "come and say it", come and tell (us, me, etc).
Thanks for sharing Nyango!
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